Next Monday there's an exciting study day being held for those working with performing arts collections at the Lowry in Salford. Participants will hear about the ways in which working with partners has enabled different organizations to open up their archives in new and sometimes unexpected ways, thereby broadening their appeal to new audiences.
Among the highlights of the programme will be a curator-led tour of Perpetual Movement, an exhibition of contemporary art and dance inspired by Rambert's archive and by Marie Rambert’s call for “perpetual movement”, i.e. ceaseless change in the search for new art and ideas. As part of Rambert's 90th anniversary celebrations, four international artists working in a variety of mediums are showcasing their work alongside a carefully-curated selection of objects, footage and costumes from the archive.
Among those exhibiting is Sheffield-based digital artist Leila Johnston, who has used heat mapping filming techniques to great effect to explore the themes of movement, physicality and performance demonstrated by Rambert's dancers on screen. She has created an immersive LED installation of spectacle and movement – both in the dancers she filmed and the lively way in which the audience is encouraged to experience the work.
If you have the chance, why not go and see the exhibition? It's on until 26 February 2017.